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January 9th 1914: Phi Beta Sigma founded

On this day in 1914, Phi Beta Sigma - one of the first predominantly African-American fraternities - was founded at Howard University, Washington D.C. Founded by three black students called A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown, the Greek letter fraternity was intended to exemplify brotherhood, scholarship, and service through translating the members’ skills into practical services to the wider community. The founders also desired their fraternity to promote inclusivity, rather than seeing itself as apart from the general university community. While not the first black fraternity, it was one of the most successful, expanding to other American campuses, organising youth mentoring clubs, and establishing chapters abroad in Africa. Its sister sorority - Zeta Phi Beta - was established in 1920 at Howard University. While Phi Beta Sigma is majority African-American, it also includes members of Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian descent.

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Howard University increases security after racist threat

Historically black school Howard University increased security on its Washington, D.C., campus on Thursday after an unidentified person posted a racist and threatening letter to Internet forum 4chan on Wednesday night. The FBI is investigating the threat, part of which read, (WARNING: RACIST THREAT“it’s always the n****** causing trouble everywhere. So I’ve decided…”